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  • Bomb from World War II detonated on purpose

    This is not a test. This is a video of an actual World War II-era, American-made bomb going off in the center of Munich, Germany.

    According to its description on YouTube, the explosive was discovered on Monday night by workers at the site of a building that was being demolished. Officials realized that the 550-pound explosive could not be defused, and decided on a controlled detonation. In addition, the report notes:

    Overnight, 2,500 residents were evacuated from the area closest to the bomb, with others living further away being told to stay in their homes.

    Experts decided it was not possible to make the device safe because of its unusual fuse, which operated by means of a chemical reaction rather than the mechanical device that many Allied World War II bombs used.

    Spiegel noted that the explosion blew out windows, caused some rooftops to catch on fire, and half of one house to collapse. But there are no reports of injuries. But this will certainly not be the last blast associated

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  • A metal casting of a  504-year-old Leonardo da Vinci beeswax sculpture was unveiled to the world in a  ceremony on Monday in Los Angeles. "Horse and Rider" is the only known three-dimensional piece of art created by Leonardo to still exist in the world and one of only about two dozen authenticated Leonardo works in the world today.

    "It's a momentous occasion," Art Encounter's Rod Maly told Yahoo News before the unveiling at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. "The beeswax sculpture has been in private collections for nearly 500 years, so it has not been promoted. Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of mankind."

    And in a development that is sure to intrigue historians and art fans alike, the sculpture is believed to contain a thumbprint of Leonardo.

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  • New York City residents spend more on their children than any other U.S. city. (Janine Costa/Retuers)New York City's borough of Manhattan tops a new list measuring which cities spend the most on their children. The data was compiled by Bundle, which compared spending habits on young children against the national average.

    Another New York City borough is also home to the second "most spoiled" location on the list, Brooklyn. Miami came in at number three.

    However, Bundle notes with "somewhat of a surprise" that the number four city on the list is Minneapolis. Interestingly, its twin city, Saint Paul, was near the bottom of the list, spending 50 percent less than the national average on children's items.

    The information collected did not include items like food and health care. It focused on more dispensable items, such as toy store sales, clothing and "other services" for kids. The spending numbers for the past three years were included in the sample.

    The most average city on the list is Nashville, whose spending matched the national average. Cincinnati, Chicago, Forth Worth, Fort

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  • First singing, then tragedy at Maryland camp
    First singing, then tragedy at Maryland camp

    MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) — More than 100 young campers sang songs, read stories and prayed in an open-air pavilion, as they did each night at the River Valley Ranch camp. Then, the sky began to darken and a light rain began to fall.

  • 'The Good Wife,' Leno among Emmy snubs
    'The Good Wife,' Leno among Emmy snubs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Before the Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, television academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum noted an embarrassment of riches. He said there were more Emmy-worthy series and movies produced by the industry than ever before.

  • The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry
    The best case we’ve heard for why you should stick with BlackBerry

    If there’s one company that knows what it’s like to lose a once-dominant position in the market and be seen as a relic of tech history, it’s AOL. That said, AOL has managed to find a way to tough it out and survive through bad times over the years, which is surely something that BlackBerry can take inspiration from. With this in mind, we thought it was interesting that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong this week told CNBC that he still loves using his BlackBerry for work and he makes the best case we’ve heard for why businesspeople should stick with BlackBerry phones, even if they use phones from Apple and Samsung as well. “The Samsung Note I have, and I have an iPhone also, they are

  • 10 companies that put nearly all the food on supermarket shelves

    These conglomerates are responsible for almost all the processed food, candy and beverages stocked on supermarket shelves.

  • Jumping jack to become official Missouri exercise

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arms up! Legs out!

  • Happy 158th, Nikola Tesla! Strange Facts About the Inventor
    Happy 158th, Nikola Tesla! Strange Facts About the Inventor

    Nikola Tesla may be known today as one of history's greatest inventors, but the intrepid scientist's eccentricities have become as legendary as his trailblazing discoveries in the field of electricity. Tomorrow (July 10) marks the 158th anniversary of Tesla's birth, and to celebrate the occasion, Live Science is looking back at Tesla's legacy, the cult of personality that has developed around the inventor in the years after his death, and the decades-old debate about who should be crowned the greatest inventor of all time: Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison. Though Tesla holds 112 lifetime U.S. patents, and is most famous for helping to develop the modern alternating current (AC) system of electric power, the inventor died penniless and in relative obscurity on Jan. 7, 1943, at age 86.

  • Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado
    Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado

    Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.

  • Robert Rodriguez unveils 'Matador' spy thriller
    Robert Rodriguez unveils 'Matador' spy thriller

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The premiere of the new spy thriller "Matador" has a shocking moment early in the hour. It involves a human head and a sharp object. And it perfectly reflects the rawboned sensibility of Robert Rodriguez, whose network, El Rey, begins airing "Matador" Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT.

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